Rim Fire Now Over 100,000 Acres

Aug 23, 2013 1:24 PM

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (KCRA) —In the span of just 24 hours, the raging wildfire just outside Yosemite National Park doubled in size to 105,620 acres, fire officials said Friday morning.

Six days into the Rim Fire, more than 1,800 firefighters -- some working for 24-hour shifts -- continued to battle the Tuolumne County blaze on the ground and from the air. But the fire burns mostly unchecked, with containment as low as 2 percent Friday morning.

A Calfire spokesman said that 4,500 residences are in harm's way. The Sheriff's Department in Tuolumne County issued an evacuation order for residents in the area.

"It's crazy, and it has been for five days," said Kirsten Lennon, whose home is in danger.

"Your heart's racing a little faster," she said.

Firefighters drew up plans on battling the blaze in communities of Groveland and Tuolumne City, fearing the fire will hook into neighborhoods in the area.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as the fire grew to 99 square miles Thursday. The fire has now more than doubled in size since the declaration.

KCRA 3's Brian Hickey is reporting from Mariposa County.


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